The Edmond Sun

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July 1, 2013

Man faces 4 felony assault on an officer complaints

EDMOND — An Edmond man faces four felony complaints after fleeing, fighting with an officer, being shot with a stun gun, spitting blood at other cops at the hospital and being combative at the county jail, according to an incident report.

During the evening hours on June 20, Edmond Police Officer Joseph Delpha responded to a call about a disturbance at 900 N. Fretz #12, according to the report filed by Delpha.

When he asked an unidentified female at the scene what was happening, she replied, “Get him away from me,” Delpha stated. The suspect said they had been arguing about a relationship dispute, Delpha stated.

Delpha stated that as he spoke with the man, who was slurring his words, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage.

When he asked for the man’s ID, the suspect resisted and took a fighting stance, Delpha stated. Delpha drew his stun gun and told the man to put his hands behind his back, the report stated.

The man started walking slowly backwards while facing the officer and then took off running toward the entrance to 900 N. Fretz, Delpha stated.

After chasing the suspect, who ignored several commands to stop, for at least 100 yards, the man stopped and faced the officer, Delpha stated. The suspect refused another command and the officer discharged his stun gun, the report stated.

While the stun gun was cycling, it did not appear to have any affects on the suspect, Delpha stated. Instead, the suspect began walking toward Delpha in an aggressive manner as if he intended to fight, the report stated.

During the ensuing altercation, the suspect hit the officer at least once and he could taste blood in his mouth, Delpha stated. Delpha used multiple palm strikes to take the suspect to the ground, the report stated.

He was able to pin the suspect until other officers arrived, Delpha stated. The suspect continued to resist and ignored commands, causing Delpha to use palm and knee strikes, the report stated. Only after a third officer arrived were they able to put the suspect in handcuffs, the report stated.

Delpha stated the suspect continued to resist, kicking him again in the chest as he was taken to his patrol car.

At the OU Medical Center-Edmond emergency room, the suspect continued to fight two officers and was spitting blood in their direction, Delpha stated. He was transported to the county jail, where he continued to fight the two officers, Delpha stated.

Jeffrey Allen Newnham, 34, of Edmond, was arrested on four counts of assault and battery on a police officer and on public intoxication and resisting or obstructing an officer complaints, Delpha stated.

As of Monday afternoon, Newnham was incarcerated at the county jail, according to jail records. He was being held on a $17,500 bond. Criminal probable cause paperwork was filed on June 24.

A smoking pipe containing drug residue was seized during the incident, the police report stated.

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